chain of evidence meaning, chain of evidence definition | English Cobuild dictionary



  ( chains    plural & 3rd person present)   ( chaining    present participle)   ( chained    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-count   A chain consists of metal rings connected together in a line.  
His open shirt revealed a fat gold chain..., The dogs were leaping and growling at the full stretch of their chains.     
2       n-plural   If prisoners are in chains, they have thick rings of metal round their wrists or ankles to prevent them from escaping.  
in N  
He'd spent four and a half years in windowless cells, much of the time in chains.     
3       verb   If a person or thing is chainedto something, they are fastened to it with a chain.  
The dog was chained to the leg of the one solid garden seat...      be V-ed to n  
She chained her bike to the railings...      V n to n  
We were sitting together in our cell, chained to the wall.      V-ed, Also V n adv/prep  
      Chain up means the same as chain., phrasal verb  
I'll lock the doors and chain you up...      V n P  
All the rowing boats were chained up.      V-ed P, Also V P n (not pron)  
4       n-count   A chain of things is a group of them existing or arranged in a line.  
N of n  
...a chain of islands known as the Windward Islands..., Students tried to form a human chain around the parliament.     
5       n-count   A chainof shops, hotels, or other businesses is a number of them owned by the same person or company.  
with supp  
...a large supermarket chain., ...Italy's leading chain of cinemas.     
6       n-sing   A chain of events is a series of them happening one after another.  
N of n   (=series)  
...the bizarre chain of events that led to his departure in January 1938.     
    food chain   chain up  
    chain 3  

chain gang        ( chain gangs    plural  ) In the United States, a chain gang is a group of prisoners who are chained together to do work outside their prison. Chain gangs existed especially in former times.      n-count  
chain letter        ( chain letters    plural  ) A chain letter is a letter, often with a promise of money, that is sent to several people who send copies on to several more people. Chain letters are illegal in some countries.      n-count  
chain mail     
Chain mail is a kind of armour made from small metal rings joined together so that they look like cloth.      n-uncount  
chain reaction        ( chain reactions    plural  )
1       n-count   A chain reaction is a series of chemical changes, each of which causes the next.  
2       n-count   A chain reaction is a series of events, each of which causes the next.  
The powder immediately ignited and set off a chain reaction of explosions.     
chain saw        ( chain saws    plural  ) , chainsaw   A chain saw is a big saw with teeth fixed in a chain that is driven round by a motor.      n-count  
chain-smoke        ( chain-smokes    3rd person present)   ( chain-smoking    present participle)   ( chain-smoked    past tense & past participle  ) Someone who chain-smokes smokes cigarettes or cigars continuously.      verb  
Melissa had chain-smoked all evening while she waited for a phone call from Tom.      V, Also V n  
chain-smoker        ( chain-smokers    plural  ) , chain smoker   A chain-smoker is a person who chain-smokes.      n-count  
chain store        ( chain stores    plural  ) , chain-store   A chain store is one of several similar shops that are owned by the same person or company, especially one that sells a variety of things.      n-count  
daisy chain        ( daisy chains    plural  ) , daisy-chain   A daisy chain is a string of daisies that have been joined together by their stems to make a necklace.  
  (mainly BRIT)      n-count  
food chain        ( food chains    plural  ) Thefood chain is a series of living things which are linked to each other because each thing feeds on the one next to it in the series.      n-count   usu sing  
The whole food chain is affected by the over use of chemicals in agriculture.     
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
a willingness to believe in the absence of sufficient evidence, or contrary to the evidence.
this could cover all instances of use of the word 'faith'.
Emergency Medical Services - Polysemic Term used in USA and UK for Prehospital Emergency Services and other countries as the whole chain from Emergency Call to Hospital Intensive Care services.
Care Traduction difficulty !
take a decision based on one's subjective conclusions, when objective evidence is not available
Phrase used when someone has brought all the evidences to support his point of view; "I'm done with explanations"


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